The first time at the Prossimapelle in Arzignano was an undeniable success. After four editions in Santa Croce sull’Arno, the chemical-tanning event organised by UNPAC, the National Union of Italian Tanning Auxiliary Producers, arrived also in the Veneto district on 29 November, giving rise to a definitely successful exhibition in order to compare, in a constructive and technical way, producers of chemical auxiliaries and machinery with tanneries of the district. The response of the territory has been more than satisfactory. The turnout of visitors appeared lively from the early morning hours and gradually intensified during the day, exceeding even organisers expectations. The inauguration was attended by the mayor of Arzignano, Alessia Bevilacqua, and the president of the Veneto Leather District, Riccardo Boschetti, who kicked off the event together with UNPAC’s president Marco Frediani by reiterating the importance of having organised even here, i
n the largest Italian tanning district, a trade fair event that combines fashion with technical-scientific innovation.
The event was hosted in the city centre (in the former Marly’s area in Via Giuriolo), inside an industrial space where visitors could view the latest news proposed by 32 exhibiting companies, manufacturers of chemical auxiliaries, tanning technologies and services. The event showcased leathers for summer 2021 developed on the basis of fashion trends suggested by the expert Adriana Mereu for Prossimapelle Lab and often made with metal free, sustainable technologies. There are three proposed fashion themes: Simple Touch (weaves, natural textures, delicate colours), Precious Plastic (focused on the reuse and recycle theme) and Virtual Escape (digital distortions, colour contrasts).
In the afternoon, in the presence of the most important Venetian tanners, an interesting Technical Table was held entitled: Italian Leather between Technology and Science. An opportunity to deepen topics of great relevance such as “governing the transition to sustainability and system innovation to enhance the identity of the supply chain” and turn the spotlight on “the virtuous commitment of chemistry towards sustainability”. Speakers included Guido Zilli (Dani tannery), Giorgio Pozza (vice president of the Veneto Leather District), Roberto Vago (Assomac), Baptiste Cassan-Barnel (sustainability manager of Bottega Veneta), Luca De Iulis (The ID Factory) and Giancarlo Lovato (Unpac) who talked about sustainability, traceability, technology and training, as well as the need to combat attacks on the leather industry and fake news on the skin with concrete arguments, addressing new technological challenges and promoting a closer synergy between associations within the supply chain. The manager of Bottega Veneta (Kering group) reported on the brand’s great commitment to sustainability, which “goes through the complete traceability of the materials used”, as “it became clear that it is possible to reduce the environmental impact of the fashion industry exactly on the supply chain.” With regard to leather, historically the material of choice for Bottega Veneta: “We want to increase the percentage of metal-free and chrome-free leather used, but without losing anything in terms of quality”, said Cassan-Barnel.